Second Wave Learning
Old habits die hard.
If you’ve been a manager for more than 10 years, you may think, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But some things don’t have to broken to be changed or improved, and Millennials are the change that is happening in the workplace.
Today’s younger Millennials aren’t looking for a manager — they’re looking for a coach, especially younger, Second-Wave Millennials. A manager manages performance, and a coach manages development. While a manager sets your goals, tracks your performance, gives you raises, promotes you, fires you (very functional things), what a coach does is motivate you. Coaches provide feedback. They fit you into a team. They improve your skills. They give you advice. It’s a one-on-one experience.
Even while coaching, the principles of good management still need to apply: clear expectations, a means of tracking progress, and rewards for achieving goals. But how a manager manages, especially for Millennials, should be more like a coach—developing his or her employee with close supervision and a watchful, caring eye.
Coaching is the new managing for Millennials.
Here’s why: Millennials grew up to believe they were special. I know… you are already rolling your eyes, but after 20-years of conditioning, they expect more individualized attention, and you can’t change that overnight. A distant authority figure doling out unexplained assignments and goals without explaining how to get to those goals is not the way to develop good employees today. On the other hand, someone who will work closely with them, mentoring and partnering, coaching them to better performance, will experience far greater levels of productivity.
One of the best ways to be a good coach is by providing them with goals that are clear, achievable and incremental. Millennials in the workplace are surprisingly goal-oriented—as much or more than their Boomer and Gen X counterparts. Of the three generations currently in the workforce, Millennials are decidedly the most focused “on the prize.”
In fact, a survey from LifeCourse Associates revealed 69 percent of Millennials say they like it when their supervisor provides them with hands-on guidance and direction to reach their goals. Just 40 percent of Boomers and Gen Xers said that.
In addition, be sure to provide frequent feedback on their progress. Since they were children, Millennials have been conditioned to get guidance and feedback constantly at school and in their extra-curriculars. As a coach, consider more frequent (daily, even) check-ins with your Millennial employees.
Coaching, not managing, may be what gets your organization to higher levels of productivity — led by some of your youngest team members. Managing may not be broken, but it’s time for an upgrade.
Warren Wright is author of Second-Wave Millennials: Tapping the Potential of America’s Youth. It is due for release in November. This blog is taken from an excerpt of the book.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, yet so often its one of the first things compromised in our day to day life. How many times have we stayed up to the wee hours of the night finishing those emails instead of just closing the computer and getting 8 hours of sleep? Or forgoing exercise or yoga because we just ‘don’t have the time’. Mental health refers to the health of our brain, which also happens to be one of the most important and complex organs of our body.
What if we called it Brain Health? Would we make more of an effort to rest our brain, feed it positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts and prioritize activities such as meditation, yoga – even therapy – to try and have the best brain health possible?
Local non-profit organization, the Josh Anderson Foundation, is working hard to change the culture around mental health for teenagers through its student-led club program, our minds matter. Our Minds Matter clubs utilize a peer-to-peer method in which trained youth develop and lead activities that encourage social connection, reduce mental health stigma, and build coping skills among their fellow students. The goal is to create an environment in which those who struggle seek help and find a way forward. Currently the Our Minds Matter program is in fourteen high schools in Northern Virginia and is seeking to expand in order to reach more teens with critical skills and knowledge around their mental, or brain health.
Why it is important to have programs like these in our schools that help students prioritize their mental health? Because our teens need this support now more than ever. Suicide has grown to become the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15-19. What’s more is teenagers’ brains are not fully developed and therefore they are more likely to respond irrationally and impulsively to life’s challenges.
We can all agree that no young person’s life should be lost to suicide. You can help support the Josh Anderson Foundation’s mission at its upcoming fundraising event, the 5th Annual Joshua Ball, on Friday November 2nd. Virginia State Senator, Creigh Deeds will be sharing his remarkable story. Senator Deeds has been widely recognized for his work on mental health reform following his son's death by suicide in 2013 and most recently, Senator Deeds sponsored the new Virginia law that mandates mental health education in public schools.
To purchase tickets, sponsor the event or donate, please visit the following site:
Thank you for helping to prioritize Mental and Brain Health!
Help sensory-sensitive children enjoy trick-or-treat
Some children can enjoy Halloween whether they are dressed as a goblin or a princess, but Halloween may not come as easily for other children. Trick-or-treating can be an overwhelming experience for children with a sensitive sensory system as they experience new sights, sounds, and behaviors. These tips from Patient First can help all children enjoy their trick-or-treat hauls.
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